The European Union was founded on the principle of solidarity. Robert Schuman – one of the Union’s founders – put this idea at its center. But European solidarity is often challenged in times of crisis. Right-wing populists and Euro-sceptics always gain the upper hand when the European Union proves incapable of providing answers to serious crises: debt crisis, migration, corona pandemic. But as a continent of more than 450 million Europeans, we must work together to speak with one voice in a globalized world. We need far-reaching EU reforms so that we do not continue to block our own way in the face of the major challenges of our time – climate, migration, digitalization, corruption. Now is the time for a debate on how we can enhance European integration. We now need to have the courage as Europeans to take a step forward.
Climate catastrophe, companies that pay no taxes, the impact of digitalisation - no single country can solve these problems alone. For this we need a strong European Union that is capable of taking action. For the Greens/European Free Alliance, I am responsible for leading the work on the conference on the future of the EU.
Right-wing populists and Euro-sceptics always gain the upper hand when the European Union proves incapable of providing answers to serious crises
million people live in the European Union
The EU is the largest largest economy in the world
Percent of Europeans are optimistic about the future of the EU